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Linn County Mayors Propose "Fix Our Streets" Plan

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Simple things like going to the grocery store are often difficult for Mary Stadtmiller.
"It's pretty rough," Stadtmiller said.
She gets around in a wheelchair but thats not what makes it hard for her to travel.
Its the chipped, cracked, and badly damaged streets and sidewalks down Oakland Road.
"The sidewalks don't go all the way down so if I want to go around the block, I have to get in the street," Stadtmiller said.
A street her husband Gene says is more like navigating through an obstacle course.
"The driving is just plain hard on a vehicle," he said.
Linn County Mayors met Wednesday afternoon to announce a new proposal to remedy the problemthe Fix Our Streets plan.
Mayors from Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion, Robins, and Fairfax are asking voters to extend a one-cent local option sales tax, set to expire next summer, to fix the streets they say need work.
They say there is a $350,000,000 backlog in street repairs.
"I hear from residents everyday about that and I agree with them because I drive on the streets too," said Mayor Ron Corbett.
Cedar Rapids officials say they would put 100 percent of the money into road repair, for the next ten years. 
A plan Gene and Mary say they wish the city came up with a long time ago.
"I think it'd be a good idea," Stadtmiller said.
The vote would in the November general election, not a special election.
 
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